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2012 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Tinto Crianza (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Readers of these pages are keenly aware of my decades-long relationship with Bodegas Lopez de Heredia. My most recent trip to Haro, in the northwest of La Rioja was mesmerizing; unforgettable ancient buildings adjacent to a stunning display of modern architecture designed by Zaha Hadid; a pavilion standing as a philosophy of integration that must be witnessed to be believed. Since 1877, the Lopez de Heredia family has done one thing with fanatical zeal: produce authentic Rioja that lasts, mythically long-lived and released after decades, only when wine and winemaker determine the perfect moment. This dedication and zeal cannot be overstated; there are no other producers quite like them. Crianza selections released with years of age, Reserva bottlings held for a dozen years, Gran Reservas resting for what must seem like an eternity for their fans. Cubillo is Heredia's late release Crianza where in great vintages affords a serious bargain that captures the essence of great Rioja.


Wonderful aromas of mushrooms, bark, cigar tobacco and plums with just a hint of citrus. Full-bodied with incredible softness and complexity. Subtle chocolate, fruit and walnut in the aftertaste. Goes on for minutes. Fantastic wine. Classic, textbook Rioja. A joy. Incredible value! Drink or hold.

95 points, James Suckling (Nov 2020)

I was quite impressed by the 2012 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza, a classical Rioja that is nicely crafted, with less aging in barrel than the rest of reds and therefore with more fruit character and less López de Heredia signature. This was born as a red for tapas, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo with 13.5% alcohol. It matured in well-seasoned American oak barrels for three years. It has ripe fruit (black rather than red) without excess and a pinch of spices and a twist of oak. 94,500 bottles produced. There are seven lots of this. I tasted a bottled that was filled in May 2018.

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 251 - Oct 2020)


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